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The Hills Heat up

Friday May 31, 2002

CONCORD — Hot, soulful jazz, pop and funk will heat up the hills of Contra Costa County on June 22, as one the Bay Area’s most prized up and coming vocal artists, Shana Morrison, joins California State University, Hayward’s Concert in the Hills series.  

Located at the university’s beautiful Contra Costa campus in Concord, the entertainment begins at 7 p.m. The free concert series continues monthly through October. 

Shana Morrison is part of a new generation of rock performers whose electrifying elements of pop, soul, jazz, and funk blend exquisitely to perform great original songs. Her powerful voice alone is enough to pack the Contra Costa campus as well as being recognized by many as Van Morrison’s daughter.  

Shana began her musical career in December 1993 when she joined Van Morrison’s Rhythm and Soul Revue as a featured artist, and can also be heard on the album “A Night In San Francisco.” She continued to tour in the U.K., Ireland and Scandinavia through 1994. During that time she also recorded a duet with Irish singer Brian Kennedy.  

Most recently, she received an ovation from the audience at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion where dad shared the bill with Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. 

For three years now she has been singing in the San Francisco Bay Area with her group Caledonia. Their material borrows from traditional and contemporary Irish folk, rock, R&B, country, and jazz. The group has enjoyed playing to their ever increasing following there, and their self-released CD has gotten favorable reviews, as well as, airplay from such stations as KFOG and KPIX.